Saturday, January 24th, 2015

YSL Couture Variation Ten-Color Expert Eye Palette
YSL Couture Variation Ten-Color Expert Eye Palette

Couture Variation Ten-Color Expert Eye Palette ($95.00)

Inspired by fabric swatches, the eye shadows cover all finishes from matte to metallic, from satin to iridescent. Each shade tells a different story. United, they form a family of colour. Ranging from light to dark tones, the ten eye shadows are of chromatic power and with a texture that perfectly sits on to the eyelid.

  • Nu Nude gradient beige, bronze and brown – natural beauty in all its variations.
  • Tuxedo Chromatic gradient of Monsieur Saint Laurent’s iconic creation

Availability: Pre-order at Nordstrom

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows for Spring 2015
YSL Couture Mono Eyeshadows for Spring 2015

Yves Saint Laurent presents all day wear and the highest chromatic power, now in iconic shades. No crease, no migration, only intense color pays off that makes a statement. Available in matte, satin, metallic and shimmer finishes. Presented in an elegant gold compact with two applicators- a foam tip for blending and a brush for precision- to ensure effortless color control. Made in France.

Couture Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Argane
  • Caftan
  • Dedale
  • Exces
  • Facon
  • Fastes
  • Fougue
  • Frasque
  • Gala
  • Khol
  • Marceau
  • Modele
  • Orient
  • Paris
  • Toile
  • Zellige

Availability: Now at Saks

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Peach is often like the lighter, softer version of coral, as you can find pink-leaning peach shades or more orange-leaning peach shades, so there is usually a shade that will work for someone! There are even more peachy-beige kind of shades that are more neutral. I love peach on the eyes, whether as an eyeliner or on the center or inner lid. The center of lid is great to really brighten, especially if you use darker, more contrasting shades on the inner/outer areas of the lid. The inner tear duct is a nice place for a pop of more shimmery peach that I find helps to open up eyes.

  1. Bite Beauty Leche — a satin-finished, medium peach lip color
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight — a peach with champagne shimmer and warm undertones that works as a highlighter or subtle blush
  3. L’Oreal Highlighter (230) — brighten eyes with this peachy-pink eyeliner
  4. Make Up For Ever #I524 Pinky Beige — a light-medium peach with a pearly sheen to brighten eyes
  5. YSL Tender Peach (26) — a glossy, pink-tinted peach lipstick

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014

YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil
YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil

Coat your lips with this lip tint for a lightweight texture that instantly melts onto lips. It is infused with a blend of four essential oils for deep hydration: apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and possiflora edulis seed oil. Its exclusive applicator envelops the lips in full color and allows for a precise and uniform application. Lightweight and non-sticky, this lip tint offers a new and luminous shine while the tint effect enhances the natural beauty of the lips—making it the perfect combination for youthful looking lips.

Volupte Tint-in-Oil ($32.00)

  • Undress Me (03)
  • Rose You (04)
  • Cherry My Cherie (05)
  • Peach Me Love (06)
  • Pink About Me (08)
  • Oh My Gold (02)
  • Drive Me Copper (01)
  • Crush Me Orange (07)

Availability: Now at Sephora (VIB Rouge access first, VIB/BI access later in December)

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte
YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte

YSL Rebelle (7) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a softened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, yellower. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is brighter. Givenchy In Vogue Orange (P, $44.00) is similar. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is darker, browner. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is yellower, lighter. Illamasqua Lover (P, $26.00) is a smidgen lighter. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is the last shade I bought from the Blush Volupte range. I thought it was interesting that between the three I have, they each had a different finish, with Rebelle (7) having the least shimmery, more matte of the finishes. It had fairly good color coverage, though I wouldn’t describe it as “intense color payoff.” The texture has a soft, finely-milled, silky feel to it but is also slightly powdery. Luckily, it does not appear powdery, dry, or cakey on my skin when applied as a blush and blended/worked into the skin. There’s just enough satin in the finish to avoid it looking flat or dull on the skin, and the coverage is buildable to truer-to-pan color if desired. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before it started to show signs of wearing away.

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Rebelle (7)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte
YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte

YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with golden shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It is a very dupable shade, though this variation is more muted/less warm-toned than others in the family. Laura Mercier Golden Pink (LE, $35.00) is a cream product, lighter. Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is lighter. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is pinker, darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is similar. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last week, I reviewed Singuliere (1). Passionnee (6) had better color payoff, but the texture was a wee bit powdery, though the powder itself had a silky, finely-milled quality to it. The finish is more shimmery with this particular shade, which still reads as luminous and glowing on the skin and doesn’t emphasize pores. It had mostly opaque color payoff, which can easily be applied less intensely or blended down from initial application due to the softness of the powder. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me but faded a little faster than the first shade I tried.

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Passionnee (6)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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